Monday, January 8, 2018

Svitolina wins Brisbane 2018 title

Svitolina wins Brisbane 2018 title
Svitolina wins Brisbane 2018 title

Elina Svitolina beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2 6-1 to win the Brisbane International title.

Svitolina, ranked sixth in the world, fired 10 aces and never faced a break point on the way to a 10th career tour title.

She raced to a 3-0 lead before 23-year-old Belarusian Sasnovich found her range with some lethal backhands and briefly threatened to make it a contest.

Serena Williams out of Australian Open

Serena Williams out of Australian Open
Serena Williams out of Australian Open

Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant announced she won’t be back to defend her title.

Williams had decided not to compete at the first Grand Slam of 2018, which begins January 15 in Melbourne.

“My coach and team always said ‘Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way,'” Williams said.

Goerges withdraws from Sydney with injury after Auckland win

Goerges withdraws from Sydney with injury after Auckland win
Goerges withdraws from Sydney with injury after Auckland win

Julia Goerges withdrew from the Sydney International just hours after defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the WTA Auckland Classic final Sunday, joining a growing list of injury concerns for star players at the Australian Open.

Organisers of the Sydney tournament, a warm-up for the first Grand Slam of the year, said the 29-year-old had pulled out with a right knee injury.

Makarova stuns Ostapenko in sweltering Sydney

Makarova stuns Ostapenko in sweltering Sydney
Makarova stuns Ostapenko in sweltering Sydney

Ekaterina Makarova upset Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 6-1 in the opening round of the Sydney International.

Makarova rode an early break for a 5-3 lead and, even though her Latvian opponent got back to 5-5, raced away with the first set tiebreak.

Ostapenko, who also lost her opening match in Shenzhen last week, put up a fierce fight at the start of the second set but faded after losing her first service game and Makarova moved on to face Barbora Strycova or Daria Kasatkina.

Cornet, Barthel out in 1st round at Hobart

Cornet, Barthel out in 1st round at Hobart

Alize Cornet and Mona Barthel were ousted in the first round of the Hobart International, each losing in straight sets.

Mihaela Buzarnescu beat fourth-seeded Cornet 6-2, 6-4 and Varvara Lepchenko had a 6-0, 7-6 (4) win over 2012 winner Barthel.

Cornet was hampered by an upper leg injury but said she didn't think it would be a concern for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 15.

Stephens bundled out in Sydney

Stephens bundled out in Sydney
Stephens bundled out in Sydney

Sloane Stephens was bundled out of the Sydney International first round by Camila Giorgi63 60.

Stephens looked rusty against the big-hitting Giorgi and made 35 unforced errors in just over an hour.

World number 13 Stephens has not won a match since beating Madison Keys in the final at Flushing Meadows in September.

Eugenie Bouchard beaten in 1st round at Hobart International

Eugenie Bouchard beaten in 1st round at Hobart International

Eugenie Bouchard was beaten by Aryna Sabalenka 46 36 at the Hobart International.

It was the latest in a long sequence of early losses for the Canadian, who was named the most improved player in women's professional tennis after reaching the Wimbledon final in 2014.

Bouchard, 23, has struggled since then, sliding from a career-high No. 5 ranking to 83rd.